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Image of Sue Ryder volunteer, ALison, holding a telephone in her befriender role

Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Meet our blooming brilliant gardeners

Meet some of our green-fingered volunteer gardeners who help to keep our grounds safe, tidy and looking lovely for patients and staff at Sue Ryder Manorlands and Thorpe Hall Hospices.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Niamh's virtual volunteering story

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering and a chance to say a big thank you. Niamh shares her story as as new virtual volunteer who is supporting our existing retail volunteers while in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, a day that celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In her latest blog, our Human Rights Lead, Jacqui Graves, explains how we are asking party leaders to commit to protecting human rights in the UK.

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'You as a human being can make a difference' Breaking the news of a terminal illness

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, how do you break the news to them and their family? Dr Paul Perkins, Chief Medical Director, explains in his blog that there are no right or wrong answers, and it's the human connection which counts.

A carer sitting down with the person they are looking after at home

How can an understanding of human rights help carers?

Today, on Carers Rights Day, our Human Rights Lead Jacqui Graves highlights the rights of carers looking after people with life-limiting conditions and how they can ensure their rights are respected and protected.

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NICE guideline for end of life care: a major step change or well-intentioned but undeliverable at current levels of funding?

Today, Wednesday 16 October 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launch their new guideline for organising and delivering end of life care services for adults. Sue Ryder’s Policy and Public Affairs Officer Niamh Buckingham reports on the difference it could make to the people we care for

Physiotherapist Funmi Shitta-Bey at the St John's Day Therapy service

“We help people in our care live their lives to the full.”

“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.

A panel comprising human rights experts (left to right) Tor Butler-Cole QC, Richard Harding, Sanchita Hosali and Jacqui Graves answered questions.

Our Human Rights in End of Life Care Conference: a retrospective

Sue Ryder hosted a free conference on human rights in end of life care on Thursday 27th June 2019 in London, exploring further how applying a human rights approach to practice can help deliver person-centred and compassionate care.

Thorpe Hall Hospice's Wellbeing Cafe organisers Margretta and Vicky.

Thorpe Hall Hospice’s pioneering Wellbeing Café brings patients "a sense of joy"

Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.